June 06, 2006
Hoist, Meet Petard
In a case that could have repercussions for single-sex fitness clubs, a Sonoma County judge has ordered a Santa Rosa women's health club to open its doors to men.
Judge Knoel Owen said Body Central must provide showers and lockers for men and stop advertising itself as a women-only health club.
He ruled in favor of the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which sued Body Central last year for allegedly violating California's anti-discrimination law.
The state agency filed the suit after Phillip Kottle of Santa Rosa complained he was denied membership at the downtown fitness center in 2003 because of his gender.
And wouldja believe it, instead of welcoming all this diversity, those nasty wenches still marginalized him and treated him as Other!
Female patrons at Body Central let him know he wasn't welcome, Kottle said.
"The first month or so I had some nasty comments," he said. "I haven't been cursed at recently."
Kottle said he ignores the barbs because he likes Body Central's exercise facility.
"It's convenient and it's never crowded," he said. "The equipment is almost brand new."
I am shocked... shocked I tell you.
Posted by Cassandra at June 6, 2006 12:57 PM
Wait, 'It's convenient and never crowded and the equipment is almost new.'
Translation: It's close, no one else works out which means the equipment is in better shape than the women!
*snark mode off*
Posted by: Cricket at June 6, 2006 01:09 PM
The gym nearest me is also a women's gym. I never thought of suing to get in though. I just ride by the beaches.
Posted by: man riding unicycle naked at June 6, 2006 01:54 PM
This is really not a new concept. Actually, a (male) co-worker of mine joined a "women only" fitness center years ago.
Posted by: camojack at June 6, 2006 07:30 PM
'..just ride by the beaches...' oh is that subtle or what?
Posted by: Cricket at June 6, 2006 07:30 PM
MRUN is an amazingly...err...subtle dude.
Posted by: Cassandra at June 6, 2006 07:32 PM
Ah, the two way street.
Posted by: RIslander at June 6, 2006 07:34 PM
Well, it being Sonoma County and all, the wimmin are following the Sonoma County diet and hanging with Mark Chiarello and snorting fine wines. They really are being dogs in a manger...
Posted by: Cricket at June 6, 2006 07:53 PM
Okay, open the doors to men, however, all the men require are a few dumb bells, a jump rope or two, some mirrors, and a garden hose to rinse off the sweat; all this can be conveniently set up in a remodeled tool shed somewhere behind the actual fitness center. :)
Posted by: Jenifer D. at June 7, 2006 12:07 AM
I am so shocked at your insensitivity! Surely the men would want an aromatherapy room, a steam sauna
and a massuer? Foot rubs and facials? Not to mention lunch catered, then a nice purge?
Posted by: Cricket at June 7, 2006 11:53 AM